Le fotografie di Mario Carnicelli rievocano l’ultimo saluto al Migliore con incredibile intensità e modernità di sguardo e ci portano in uno dei momenti più intensi del nostro passato.
Mario Carnicelli’s photographs commemorate the funeral rites of communist leader Palmiro Togliatti, called Il Migliore (The Best), with an extraordinary intensity and innovation in vision, bringing us back to one of the most poignant moments of Italy’s past.
Mario Carnicelli was born in Atri in 1937. At the age of 12 he moved with the family to Pistoia, assisting from his early years his father in the photography studio. Finding more interest in documentary than in commercial photography he decided soon to work as a freelance photojournalist and correspondent, dedicating himself also to personal projects. In 1966 he won a scholarship for the United States, where he returned several times over the years and developed an original and pertinent body of work. He collaborated with numerous magazins and newspapers such as Espresso, Panorama, Corriere della Sera, Il Giorno, Popular Photography, La Nazione, as well as with the Ethnological Faculty of the University of Perugia. His work has been exhibited in Europe and the US, at Interkamera Prague, SICOF Milan, Pirelli Tower Milan, Cantiere Sperimentale dell’Immagine Florence, Johns Hopkins University Bologna ecc. He lives and works in Pistoia.